“Irpin can’t be bought, Irpin fights”: Mayor refuses Russian demand to surrender πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

The Ukrainian government has agreed on an evacuation corridor for fleeing civilians from the northeastern city of Sumy, which has seen sustained Russian attacks and airstrikes in recent days.

Iryna Vereshchuk, the Ukrainian minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, said the corridor had been agreed by the Russian Ministry of Defense in a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The route for the evacuation corridor would lead from Sumy through Holubivka and Lokhvytsia to Poltava, a city in central Ukraine. It will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Vereshchuk said, adding that “all obstacles … must be removed along the entire route.”

“No other routes were agreed,” she said. “We call on Russia to agree on these routes immediately and ensure a stable ceasefire on these routes.”

She added that Ukraine hoped the Sumy corridor would be followed by others.

Bombing in Sumy: The announcement comes after a Russian airstrike on an apartment building in Sumy killed nine civilians, including two children, according to the State Emergency Services (SES) in Ukraine.

Several previous attempts to evacuate civilians failed earlier this week, with Western leaders accusing Russian forces of continuing to target pre-approved safe routes.

On Sunday, a Russian strike hit an evacuation crossing point outside Kyiv, killing eight people including two children trying to flee.

On Monday, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UN accused Russia of blocking attempts to evacuate civilians, adding it was β€œappalling” that Russian troops were opening fire on evacuees after both countries had allocated certain roads to be utilized as evacuation corridors.

“Irpin can’t be bought, Irpin fights”: Mayor refuses Russian demand to surrender

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